(by Daniel R. Jones)
Rick Townsend shifted uneasily in an office chair as his supervisor eyed a stack of papers.
“Generally speaking, Rick, this is a good report. You’ve got a knack for logistics. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Warehouse Manager with such an intuitive grasp on efficiency and decision-making.”
He tossed his stack of papers down and removed his bifocals. Rick’s jaw clenched.
“Of course, there was that stack of pallets knocked over by your forklift driver last month.”
“But hey, we’re all human.”
Rick swallowed hard. He inhaled deeply and let the algorithm work it out for him.
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“We are,” he said. “That we are.”
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